Premiere Viewing Of Frederick Hart Documentary Film

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P&C Art is proud to premiere the new documentary film A Singular and Major Force, featuring never before seen historical footage of American master sculptor Frederick Hart (1943-1999). Hart's remarks are accompanied by insightful comments by such contemporary luminaries as Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, currently director of the Aspen Institute; Tom Wolfe, art critic and author; James Cooper, editor of American Arts Quarterly and director of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center; Robert Chase, business partner and friend of the artist; Lindy Hart, the artist's wife; Stefania de Kenessey, composer and performer; and Jacob Collins, painter, teacher and founder of The Grand Central Academy of Art.

Frederick Hart and Ex Nihilo clay with model © 1976 Darrell Acree

touch our fears and cares, evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness.

P&C Art is proud to premiere the new documentary film A Singular and Major Force, featuring never before seen historical footage of American master sculptor Frederick Hart (1943-1999). Hart's remarks are accompanied by insightful comments by such contemporary luminaries as Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, currently director of the Aspen Institute; Tom Wolfe, art critic and author; James Cooper, editor of American Arts Quarterly and director of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center; Robert Chase, business partner and friend of the artist; Lindy Hart, the artist's wife; Stefania de Kenessey, composer and performer; and Jacob Collins, painter, teacher and founder of The Grand Central Academy of Art.

Through archival footage and photographs, historical interviews with the artist, and conversations with some of today's important art commentators, A Singular and Major Force explores Hart's influence on 21st century art, the controversies surrounding his work, his passionate fight for the moral rights of artists, and, in the decade since his death, whether the renewal and triumph of the human spirit for which he hoped is being realized.

In the decade since his passing, Hart's stature -- as a visionary calling for the return of the figurative tradition, as an innovator developing the technique to cast figurative sculpture in clear acrylic resin, and as the creator of historic monuments -- has earned him critical acclaim. In 2004 he received the prestigious National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by our nation to an artist. His was the first posthumous award and the honor places him in the ranks of other renowned visual artists such as Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, and Georgia O'Keefe.

Hart's career and his philosophy of life and art were nurtured during the 13 years he conceived and realized "The Creation Sculptures" on the west façade of Washington National Cathedral in our nation's capitol. Tom Wolfe called "The Creation Sculptures" 'the most important American religious commission of the 20th century.'

The evocative statue, Three Soldiers, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, created by Hart and unveiled in the presence of over 100,000 veterans in 1984, has become one of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. This work epitomizes Hart's belief about the role of art in society, commenting that it should "touch our fears and cares, evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness."

Born in the modernist era whose prevailing winds consistently blew against him, Frederick Hart stubbornly refused to change his vision to suit the times. His work, at once traditional in its adherence to the importance of the human figure, radical in its sensuality, and innovative in its use of modern materials, celebrates the beauty of the human form and the mystery of the human spirit.

An exhibition of important works by the artist is currently featured at the P&C Art Gallery in Georgetown. For more information visit http://www.pcart.com and http://www.frederickhart.com .

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